Sly Pond is one of the highest elevation ponds in the Adirondacks at just under 2,800 feet. It's a long hike that often provides a lot of blueberries and raspberries during berry season. The trail itself can be found on most maps, but at this point it has been abandoned and isn't maintained.
The trail stretches along the long, low plains that surround the Moose River. This old road and access to the upper end of the Moose out into the Big Plains, which is full of blueberries and new pine. . It is cited here simply as a warning to not plan on a well-maintained trail to a hidden backcountry pond. In many case it can be seen as a viable destination hike in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest but it truly should be avoided at this time. Talk is, the trail will be reopened as part of the North Country Trail, but a time frame is, at this point, unknown. This trail should not be attempted to be followed unless well versed with map and compass.
Location: Moose River Recreation Area Primitive Camping Area. 10 Mile drive in from the Limekiln Entrance in Inlet. 9.1 miles to the Big T intersection then bear Left and continue on the Main Road. Travel 4 miles to Sly Pond trail Head and Access on your Right. Access road is a 15 mile per hour car and truck access in summer months only gravel dirt surface.
Alternative: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the hamlet of Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for 2.2 miles to Cedar River Road on the left. Follow Cedar River Road to Wakely Dam camping area. At the Wakely Dam camping area, sign into the register at the building and continue to drive down Moose River Plains Road. This road is quite rough in areas, take your time and drive carefully. Continue for just under 9-miles to a campsite on the left with a sign post with no trail sign located on it. Park here, this is the trail. Access road is a 15 mile per hour car and truck access in summer months only gravel dirt surface.
Distance: 7.1 miles
Winter Overview: Not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains Is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars/trucks during the winter months.